Keynote Speakers


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Robert J. Barro, PhD

Robert J. Barro is Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.S. in physics from Caltech.

Barro is co-editor of Harvard’s Quarterly Journal of Economics and has been President of the Western Economic Association and Vice President of the American Economic Association. He was a viewpoint columnist for Business Week from 1998 to 2006 and a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 1998. He has written extensively on macroeconomics and economic growth.

Recent research involves rare macroeconomic disasters, corporate tax reform, religion & economy, empirical determinants of economic growth, and economic effects of public debt and budget deficits. Recent books include Religion and Economy (forthcoming with Rachel McCleary), Economic Growth (2nd edition, with Xavier Sala-i-Martin), Nothing Is Sacred: Economic Ideas for the New Millennium, Determinants of Economic Growth, and Getting It Right: Markets and Choices in a Free Society.




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Eugenio Leanza

Since 2007 he is Head of Division - JESSICA and Investment Funds (EIB) Before joining JESSICA, Eugenio Leanza was Head of Division in the Directorate for Lending Operations in Europe covering operations in Italy, Malta and Cyprus Department and Deputy Head of EIB Banking Sector in the Credit Risk Department. Between 1987 and 1991, he was a specialist in corporate lending, convertible warrants/bonds operations, and industrial groups restructuring at Mediobanca, Milan. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and is a Chartered Accountant. is research affiliation and expertise lie in the area of Urban Planning, Urban Development, Urban Sustainability and City Planning.




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Chen Ying, National University of Singapore, Faculty of Science, Singapore

Ying Chen is a financial statistician and data scientist. She develops statistical modelling and machine learning methods to analyse nonstationary, high frequency and large dimensional complex data such as cryptocurrency, limit order book, and renewable energy. She also works on business intelligence, forecasting, text mining and sentiment analysis, and network analysis. Chen is Associate Professor in Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore. She also holds Joint Appointment in Department of Statistics and Applied Probability (1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021), and Courtesy Appointment in Department of Economics (April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021) at the National University of Singapore. She is also Faculty member in NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering since July 2016. Chen is Associate Editor of Statistica Sinica (August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2020), Statistics and Its Interface, Computational Statistics and the Journal Operations Research and Decisions. Chen is ISI Elected Member since March 2016. She is Scientific Secretary and member of Executive Committee of the International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC) from July 2017 to June 2019 and Board of Director ordinary member of the Asian Regional Section (ARS) of IASC. She is regular member of the Advisory Board of Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020.




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Nicholas C. Zingale, Associate Professor and Director,
Institute of Applied Phenomenology in Science and Technology,
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Nicholas Zingale, Ph.D., is an associate professor in public administration at Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs, visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University, and a senior executive fellow from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He has over 25 years of academic and professional experience in public administration and management. He is a former associate professor at The University of Akron and visiting professor at The Ohio State University. Currently, he is also a senior executive steering committee member for the northeast Ohio Internet of Things Collaborative, senior research associate in the Human Fusions Initiative and co-director at the Institute of Applied Phenomenology in Science and Technology. He has published over 80 editorial, technical and academic articles and is currently working on a book titled "Being There in the Digital Age - Democratizing the Human Experience." Dr. Zingale is a 2018 recipient of the student alumni association Golden Apple Award as an outstanding faculty member impacting the lives of students. He is also the recipient of the National Association of Environmental Professionals Environmental Excellence Award in Education resulting from a USAID grant funded project leading an innovative public policy and management program for the government of Vietnam. He teaches courses in Public Administration and Organization Theory, Public Policy and Government Regulation, Logic of Inquiry, and Environmental and Global Sustainability Policy and Administration. He is a local and nationally invited speaker on issues of governance, phenomenological inquiry, public sector technology, and environmental and global sustainability policy and is the previous program director for the nationally ranked master of public administration degree at Cleveland State University. Dr. Zingale holds degrees from Bowling Green State University, Baldwin Wallace College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Akron.




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Boris Vujčić, Croatian National Bank, Zagreb, Republic of Croatia

Boris Vujčić worked as assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb from 1989 to Mr Vujčić has been an associate professor at the Zagreb Faculty of Economics since 2003. At the Zagreb Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics, he has lectured as visiting professor since 2004. Mr Vujčić's fields of expertise and teaching include monetary analysis, labour economics and international finance. He is the author of numerous scholarly papers on economic issues. During his career he was a visiting scholar/lecturer at different Universities, such as U. of Sussex, U. of Freiberg and U. of Kentucky, he worked as external collaborator for the International Labour Organization (ILO), he was on editorial boards of journals, like Comparative Economic Studies, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Financial Innovation and Financial Stability, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, a Board Member of the Global Development Network, etc.

Pursuant to the decision of the Croatian Parliament, Boris Vujčić assumed office as Governor of the Croatian National Bank on 8 July 2012. On 13 July 2018, the Croatian Parliament reappointed him for his second six-year term of office.




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Ante Žigman, Croatian Financial Service Supervisory Agency, Zagreb, Republic of Croatia

Ante Žigman, PhD, graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, where he later obtained his master's and doctorate degree. He started his professional career in 1997, at the Analysis Division of the Croatian National Bank. From 2000 to 2004, he worked at the Raiffesen Bank as the Head of Macroeconomic and Financial Research Division and the Chief Economist. In February 2004, he got employed at the Ministry of Finance, where he was Assistant Minister for Macroeconomic Analysis and Planning, and from 2005 he was the State Secretary. In 2008, he became the Board Member at the Partner Bank, and in 2011 he returned to the Croatian National Bank where he worked as a Senior Adviser until being appointed President of the Board of Hanfa in February 2018. He has written numerous scientific and expert papers in the field of fiscal policy and finance and he is a lecturer in the area of economics and finance. He served as the vice president of the Committee for Fiscal Policy of the Croatian Parliament, and member of the Economic and Financial Committee's Sub-Committee on EU Sovereign Debt Markets.




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Zdravko Marić, Republic of Croatia Ministry of Finance, Zagreb, Republic of Croatia

Zdravko Marić is the Minister of Finace in the croatian government. Previously, at the invitation of the then Minister of Finance, in 2006 he became an Assistant Minister for Macroeconomic Analysis and Planning. His main responsibility was preparation of macroeconomic forecast and work on the budget. He was also engaged in direct cooperation with the European Commission in the field of economic dialogue. In 2008, he was promoted to the position of State Secretary. Furthermore, he was a member of several working groups, of which the most important were those on Economic and Monetary Policies, Taxation, Financial Systems, and Free Movement of Capital. In 2012, he transitioned to the private sector, to the biggest private company in the region - Agrokor d.d. - to the position of the Executive Director for Strategy and Capital Markets.




Other keynote speakers will be announced in due course.